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Understanding resilience: why a preterm needs its mother.

by Dr. Nils Bergman, MB ChB, MPH, MD
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

Our latest understanding of developmental neuroscience is based understanding epigenes. These are influenced by the earliest environment encountered, as the switches make “predictive adaptive responses”. These influence brain development as well as subsequent psychological and physiological health over the lifespan. Early gene expression makes the brain and its circuitry, and neuronal circuits are the essence of what we subsequently become: “we are our brains”. Cortisol is the most well known activator of the epigene, but it only does so when it can act unopposed for long periods of time. The “opposition” to cortisol comes from the combined effect of dopamine (the reward hormone) and oxytocin (the social hormone). Resilience is therefore about healthy dopamine and oxytocin circuits. It is mother’s presence that is required for the establishment of these. Preterm infants need resilience, and must have their mothers with them always.

Learning Objectives:

Identify key elements of developmental neuroscience Make the environment for the newborn more expected for its DNA Establish a solid base for bonding and a future secure attachment for preterms

Presentations: 4  |  Hours / CE Credits: 4  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks